Ályth is also about to take part in a new project called Dán managed by the Irish band Guidewires. Its a ground breaking project that brings Irish, Scottish, English and Breton musicians together in a fusion of their music in a large scale stage production. The Irish leg of these performances will take place in August so check Guidewires tour dates page for more info and to catch the shows.

Dán Collaboration



  • Here is a full list of artists involved.
    Pádraig Rynne – Concertina Ireland (Guidewires, Cian, The Soma Band etc)
    Tóla Custy – Fiddle Ireland (Guidewires, Calico, etc)
    Sylvain Barou – Flutes Brittany (Guidewires, Olli & The Bollywood Orchestra etc)
    Paul McSherry – Guitars Ireland (Guidewires, Tamalin, At First Light etc)
    Karol Lynch – Bouzouki Ireland (Guidewires)


  • Brian Finnegan – Whistles Ireland(Kan & Flook)
    Aidan O’ Rourke – Fiddle Scotland (Kan, Lau, Blazin’ Fiddles)
    Ian Stephenson – Guitar England (Kan, Kathryn Tickell Band, Baltic Crossing)
    Jim Goodwin – Drums England (Flook, Halle Orchestra, Liverpool Phil. Orchestra)


  • Geoffroy Tamisier – Trumpet Brittany (Orchestre National de Jazz, Jazzophone Compagnie, WuartEthno, Mukta)
    Janick Martin – Accordion Brittany (Hamon Martin Quintet, Mandala Sextet)
    Jacques Pellen – Guitar Brittany (Dan Ar Braz, Jean – Michel Veillon, The Bocle Brothers)
    Etienne Callac – Bass Brittany (Guichen Quartet, Tao Ravao)Alyth McCormack – Vocalist Scotland (The Chieftains, The Island Tapes, Shine)

Presented, as they put it, as a ‘choreographed set of distinct ensemble works, the concert will explore musical synergies found in original, traditional, re-arranged and shared material, moving from intimate collaborations to the full force of the ensemble.’ The music ranges over Irish jigs and Scottish stratspeys to English hornpipes and Breton gavottes, bringing together the traditions of the players in a large-scale, contemporary production.


Wednesday, 15 August: Glór, Ennis at 8pm;  €18/€16 conc. Tel: 065 684 3103
Thursday, 16 August: National Concert Hall, Dublin at 8pm; €20/€18 conc Tel:01 417 0000
Saturday, 18 August: Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2012, Town Hall, Cavan at 8pm; €25
Sunday, 19 August: Kilkenny Arts Festival, St Canice’s Cathedral at 8pm; €22 / €19 conc.


  • This project is very kindly funded and supported by the arts Council of Ireland.